Husker Locker: A look at the troubling gap between Texas and every other team in the Big 12. The Longhorns brought in $72.9 million in football revenue in 2007-08. Nebraska was second at $49 million. That's a difference of almost $24 million — larger than the entire football revenue of six Big 12 teams.
Chadd Cripe and Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Boise State is looking at scheduling big-money road games to help weather the economic downturn. One dream matchup would have the Broncos playing at Notre Dame in 2010.
Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: What if the NCAA expanded its conference challenges in basketball to the football field? We'd have an ACC/Big East Challenge or a Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: San Jose State has backed out of a 2010 game at Stanford for a game at Alabama. The Spartans are expected to receive approximately $1 million from playing in Tuscaloosa — about five times the guarantee they would collect from playing at nearby Stanford.
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle: What the resignation of Texas A&M president Elsa Murano could mean to the athletic department.
Paul Flemming and Jim Lamar, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State is allowed to release NCAA documents in an academic misconduct case, but the governing body continues to be in violation of the state's open-records laws. The NCAA's stance in the case is another example of its arrogance.
Jeff Davis, Fresno Bee: Interesting story surrounding a $10 million donation to Fresno State by former Bulldog linebacker Alphonso Bigelow, who was running group homes three years ago before striking it rich.
Chris Dufrense, Los Angeles Times: Outgoing Pacific 10 commissioner Tom Hansen talks about the USC investigation, the controversial Bowl Championship Series he was instrumental in forming and the future of the conference.
Austin Meek, Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas State must reinstate Jim Epps as its deputy athletic director or face the prospect of another expensive buyout. Epps would be owed the remaining value of a five-year contract he signed in 2008 should he be terminated without cause, a buyout worth roughly $900,000 as it stands.
Iliana Limón, Knights Notepad: If you purchase a Central Florida season ticket by Sunday, you can get a free meal at Outback Steakhouse.
Janet Testerman and Zac Ellis, Knoxville Magazine: A lengthy piece reveals that Layla Kiffin, wife of new Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, has a favorite place to eat in Knoxville. "Litton's, for sure," she said. "I love desserts, and they gave us a big box of desserts to take home. It was awesome. It's definitely high on my list."
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada Las Vegas offensive line coach Keith Uperesa underwent surgery for thyroid cancer last month, but there is hope the disease was discovered early enough.
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal: Former Oregon defensive tackle Tonio Celotto is transferring to Nevada.
Dan Shanoff: Is it time for CBS Sports.com to consider a partnership with EDSBS?
Chris Brown, Smart Football: Musings on sports blogging and the interplay between new and old media.
Brian Cook, M Go Blog: What did you miss at the Blogs With Balls conference? Here's the recap.